The Exxon Valdez Disaster
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This paper analyzes the Exxon Valdez oil spill and criticizes Exxon for criminal negligence and irresponsibility. The paper describes the series of unbelievable actions carried out by Exxon Valdez and highlights how it demonstrated from beginning to end a shocking degree of criminal corporate negligence and irresponsibility almost beyond precedent. The paper argues that Exxon corporate management cared nothing for the public welfare, and focused their attention exclusively upon a public relations campaign designed to minimize damage to Exxon's image.
From the Paper:"On March 24, 1989 at four minutes past midnight, the giant oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Alaska's spectacular Prince William Sound and began spilling vast amounts of crude oil into the sea. In the Alaskan darkness that spring night an environmental nightmare began that changed not only Prince William Sound itself, but
the entire world.
"The oil spill was an environmental catastrophe, and was caused by the unprofessional and unethical conduct of Exxon employees, and by the reckless irresponsibility of Exxon corporation management. Beginning on that cold March night, a total of eleven million gallons of Alaska North Slope crude oil began leaking from the ruptured hull of the crippled ship, impaled upon the jagged rocks of Bligh Reef. Within two months, the oil had been driven along a path stretching nearly five-hundred miles along the coast to the southwest. (EPA)
"Joseph Hazelwood was the captain of the Exxon Valdez the night she ran aground. Despite his admission that he had consumed at least three drinks before boarding the ship, Hazelwood was acquitted in 1990 of operating the tanker while drunk. He was convicted of the misdemeanor offense of illegally discharging oil, and on July 8, 1998, the Alaska Appeals Court upheld Hazelwood's sentence on that minimal charge."
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